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PCA Chair stresses the need for resilience at Rio+20

19 June 2012, Published under Cement News

PCA Chairman of the Board Aris Papadopoulos called on the business leaders of the world to include resilient construction into public policy at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio de Janeiro. Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America, said that just building 'green' was not enough to protect human lives and business investment. "To me the conversation on sustainability was missing one element – resilience. Urbanisation investment over the next 20 to 30 years will exceed all such inves...

Milder weather boosts US February shipments

28 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for February 2012 were 4.7Mt, data from the US Geological Survey shows. This was almost 29% higher than shipments in February 2011. Shipments for the year through February were 9.3 Mt, up by about 26%. Although continuing a trend of monthly increases that started in May 2011, the high percentage increase in January and February 2012 in part reflected mild winter weather conditions. The leading producin...

Ash Grove approves US$125m investment, USA

24 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Ash Grove Cement Company’s Board of Directors approved a US$125m-plus investment in the company’s Midlothian, Texas, plant at its May meeting. A new preheater, precalciner production system will make Ash Grove’s facility among the lowest emitting cement producers in Texas, the company said in a statement. According to Ash Grove Chairman Charles Sunderland, “We were considering a range of options as a result of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Portland cement National Emissio...

Commissioners consider Lehigh quarry plans, USA

23 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Plans to reclaim areas of the Lehigh Southwest Cement Permanente Quarry over the next 20 years are now being considered by seven Santa Clara County Planning Commissioners, who will possibly make a decision at a public hearing this Thursday, May 24. Lehigh is under pressure from the state Office of Mine Reclamation to get an amendment passed to the quarry’s original 1985 reclamation plan. Lehigh could possibly lose its right to sell cement and quarry products to public agencies without swi...

Lafarge appoints new US CEO

22 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has appointed John Stull as president and CEO, United States, putting him in charge of all aggregate, cement and concrete operations in the United States. The appointment now brings these Lafarge business lines in the United States together under a single leader, which the company said will focus its delivery on sustainable solutions to the construction industry. Stull has more than 20 years of experience with the Lafarge Group, including assignments in the United States and Pa...

JP Morgan ups Holcim price target on US outlook, risks remain

21 May 2012, Published under Cement News

JPMorgan raises Holcim's price target to CHF56.50 from CHF55.20 due to optimism on the outlook for the private building sector in the US. "Much better volumes in cement and great weather has provided some hope for the sector," says analyst Michael Morris. Still "risks remain in India, where Holcim is most exposed," he notes.

US cement: on the recovery path

21 May 2012, Published under Cement News

This week saw US building materials producer Eagle Materials report a return to profitability in its fiscal fourth quarter with the company noting an improvement in construction activity across most of its markets. These favourable results reflect an overall trend witnessed by a number of producers in recent quarterly figures, giving rise to optimism that a US recovery may be on the way. Cement consumption volumes in the US have declined rapidly in recent years: from the peak in 2005-06 t...

FLSmidth receives contract for large cement project, USA

18 May 2012, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has been awarded a contract worth approximately US$136m by a customer in the United States for modernisation of their production facility.   The purpose of the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) project is to convert one of the plant's existing wet process kilns to a preheater, precalciner kiln. As a result, the customer will be able to better fulfill their key environmental objectives; reduction of emissions as well as lower energy consumption and hence a smaller carbon f...

Lafarge Ravena to comply with environmental standards, USA

18 May 2012, Published under Cement News

The Lafarge Ravena cement plant is prepared to keep up with national emission standards which may soon become more stringent, according to Ravena Environmental Manager John Reagan. The EPA has a deadline of June 15 to initiate a proposal to amend the new rules with the US Court of Appeals. As a member of the Portland Cement Association, Lafarge plants may be required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow changes to the national emission standard for hazardous air pollutan...

Eagle Materials' cement & plasterboard volumes on the rise, USA

17 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Including its share of the jointly-owned Texas Lehigh Cement, the turnover of Eagle Materials for the financial year to the end of March increased by 8.2% to US$581.2m. Of the total turnover, cement accounted for 41.4%, plasterboard for 37.5%, plasterboard liner for 13.4% and aggregates & concrete for 7.7%. The trading profit rose by 14.4% to US$69.4m, but corporate overheads increased by 17.7% to US$21.9m but other non-operating expenses declined by 14.8% to US$9.1m, giving a profit befo...